These freezer sandwich ideas for lunch are sure to help make packing lunches less stressful for you and your kids! Give them a try and you won't be sorry!
Have you ever heard of Uncrustables? You know, the frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that don't have any crust? I made up freezer pb&j sandwiches before those other sandwiches were a thing and they have been SAVING MY LIFE for the past few years so I had to share!
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My kids are obsessed with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ask for them every. dang. day. They always want them in their school lunches. Heck, my kids who aren't in school yet still love to eat them at home or on-the-go. Rather than trying to find the time on a busy school morning to make up enough sandwiches for everyone, I finally wised up and came up with…
FREEZER SANDWICH IDEAS FOR LUNCH
This will save you so. much. time. and will save your sanity, too! They're a great kids' lunch meal prep hack, too. Freezer sandwiches are even good for when you need an on-the-go lunch for your kids (or yourself?!) for those times that you're trying to wrangle 50 kids, 211 water bottles and 500 bags (okay, okay, I'm exaggerating juuuuust a little bit, but that's what it feels like sometimes!) out the door to get where you're trying to go on time.
Enter the freezer sandwiches. Pack them in your kids' lunchbox and they'll be thawed by the time lunch rolls around! You take a little bit of time to make them over the weekend and then easily grab them out of the freezer whenever you need them.
TYPES OF SANDWICHES
Most of my kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But I do have a few who sometimes prefer peanut butter and honey sandwiches if the wind is blowing a certain direction. I like to prepare both types of sandwiches so that we always have some of both on hand. (I also like to keep freezer meat and cheese sandwiches on hand for when they're wanting something different.)
HOW TO MAKE FREEZER PB&J SANDWICHES
First things, first — you need to gather your ingredients! The best part about this hack is I bet you have everything you need just waiting in your pantry!
- Sandwich Bread
- Peanut Butter
- Jam/Jelly OR Honey
- Sandwich-Size Plastic Bags
Stay with me, this is reeeeeeally complicated (snicker).
PUT TOGETHER A WEEKS' WORTH OF SANDWICHES
Get an entire loaf of bread, lay it out in a line, estimate how many sandwiches you will need for the week and go nuts! Get your kids involved and have them help! Sure, it might get messy. But it's more about empowering them, teaching them skills so they can make their own lunches, and creating memories together. We do this each Sunday and it's a fun Sunday family tradition.
Tip: we like to put peanut butter on both sides of the bread; partly because it helps keep the bread nice and soft, and also, because…well…it's peanut butter. And I could swim in that stuff.
Want to take your sandwiches up a notch and make them fun? Grab some cute sandwich cutters and cut them into some super fun shapes before you freeze them! Your kids will love the surprise in their lunchbox!
FREEZE YOUR SANDWICHES
Stick your sandwiches in individual baggies, making sure that you get as much air out as possible. We put our individual baggies into a freezer bag to make sure that they stay extra fresh. Then pop those babies in the freezer!
Then, on a busy school morning, grab as many sandwiches as you need, and run out the door! They will be thawed and perfect by lunchtime.
Honestly, you are going to love having a stash of these in your freezer. Such a simple idea but really will help save you so much time and money over time. What are your favorite sandwich ideas for lunch for you OR your kids? Leave a comment below and share!
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